Steroids blamed as man goes to jail for racist attack on traffic warden
�A Romford man who subjected a traffic warden to a tirade of racism before punching him has been jailed – and told by a judge to “grow up”.
Jake Port, from Whalebone Lane North, hurled racist abuse at 64-year-old traffic warden John Annan, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.
Mr Annan said he saw Port, 22, rip a ticket from a BMW windscreen in Loughton High Street before he was confronted on September 21.
Prosecutor Samantha Lowther said: “He shouted ‘Did you give me a ticket you black bastard? Can’t you get a proper job?’”
Mr Annan said he hadn’t issued it but Port punched him and knocked his hat off.
Port had also spat in the face of a garage attendant before subjecting him to racist abuse in an earlier incident, the court heard.
Shahid Munir, 36, was working at a BP filling station in Chigwell, Essex, on August 24 when Port became agitated.
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“He called Mr Munir a freak and a Paki,” said Mrs Lowther. “He leant forward, cleared his throat and spat directly at him.”
Both incidents were caught on CCTV.
Mrs Lowther said Port claimed he pushed not punched Mr Annan, but admitted calling him “every name under the sun” thought he didn’t “intend to be racist”.
Judge Christopher Ball said Port’s aggression was fuelled by steroids and jailed him for a total of 15 months.
Port was convicted of racially aggravated common assault on Mr Munir at an earlier trial. He pleaded guilty to common assault on Mr Annan and to driving while disqualified and without insurance.
Judge Ball said: “You lose your rag for no good reason and you have got a lot of growing up to do.”
Port was also disqualified from driving for 12 months.